Development turned Central Florida from swampland to the most visited tourist region of the U.S.
Orlando, Florida, is reported to be the most visited destination in the United States. In 2014, more than 62 million people flocked to this centrally located city in the Sunshine State. And while the exact number of visitors fluctuates from year to year, tourism has had a marked impact on the landscape. Watch the video to see the spread of development across greater Orlando, southwest of the city’s downtown area, as seen by USGS-NASA Landsat satellites over the span of about four decades. Images in the video are false-color to help differentiate components of the landscape; water is black, vegetation is red, and urban areas are brown to gray.